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The Saints are coming: (from left) Tim Allen, Zach Stover, Shane Smith, Bennett Brown, and Chase Satterwhite. (Courtesy Shane Smith & the Saints)
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Shane Smith & the Saints, marching onward and upward As their 2015 sophomore album “Geronimo” continues to gather momentum, the fast-rising but level-headed Austin roots band looks ahead to the next stage of their career.

By Richard Skanse From a glass-half-empty point of view, maybe 11:30 a.m. on Day 3 isn’t the most ideal time slot for a band to …

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Rachel Laven’s triple threat From her long-running Lavens family band to bluegrass outfit Sweet ‘Shine & Honey to her burgeoning solo career, there’s no stopping this 2016 New Folk winner from San Antone.

By Richard Skanse Rachel Laven will be playing things a bit rogue during her first-ever trip to the Americana Music Festival & Conference next week …

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Artist Q&A's

Drew Kennedy (Photo by Susan Marinello)
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Q&A: Drew Kennedy The Virginia-reared Texas/Red River songwriting ambassador talks about his new album, "At Home in the Big Lonesome," the gift of working with talented friends, and how a Robert Earl Keen song changed his life

By Mike Ethan Messick There are plenty of reasons to like Drew Kennedy. For starters, there’s the way his music bridges the gap between Texas …

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Reckless Kelly, from left, is Cody Braun, Jay Nazz, Joe Miller, Willy Braun, and David Abeyta. (Courtesy Reckless Kelly)
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Q&A: Cody Braun The Reckless Kelly multi-instrumentalist talks about the first-ever vinyl pressing of the band's debut, "Millican," out Oct. 20

By Mike Ethan Messick Sometimes bands and artists treat their debut projects — justifiably or otherwise — like a bad high-school picture they can’t quite erase but …

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Todd Snider, Hard Working American. (Courtesy Todd Snider)
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Q&A: Todd Snider The misfit “Peace Queer” turned Hard Working American talks about breakdowns, the alchemy of stage jive, the death of Elmo Buzz and the healing power of believing “We’re All In This Together.” 

By Richard Skanse It’s mid-morning on Tuesday, July 18 — Day 2 of President Trump’s mildly ballyhooed “Made in America” week — and Todd Snider …

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Q&A: Brandon Rhyder The Texas country artist talks about his return to the studio with Walt Wilkins, keeping his maturing voice and songwriting chops in tune, and finding serenity

By Mike Ethan Messick Brandon Rhyder’s career in the realm of independent country music has been marked by growth, change, and collaboration. A native of …

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